SaaS

SaaS Companies Must Adapt to Capitalize on the Cloud

Grazed from Huffington Post. Author: Jeff Fernandez.

The rise of cloud computing is arguably the most consequential tech development of the past decade. Businesses now find it cheaper and easier than ever to access scalable, agile processing power and storage, and end users enjoy unprecedented platform flexibility. Software is more responsive, more social, and crucially, more portable than ever.

Meanwhile, developers are gaining new access to high-performance processing just as the diversity of digital consumer devices is about to explode. CES 2015 saw the debut of smart objects that we've never seen connected before, including "rings, pendants, jackets, handbags and so on." All of these devices that are part of the so-called Internet of Things, as well as devices like smartphones and tablets, will run cloud-based applications...

Forget about IaaS, PaaS and SaaS - it's all about the platform

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The cloud computing market is typically broken into three buckets: IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) represents on-demand compute and storage; Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors host applications in the cloud; and Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud-based application development platform.

But a recent Forrester’s Wave report throws those buckets out the window. “The popular wisdom that cloud computing comes in three flavors — SaaS, IaaS and PaaS — no longer describes reality,” say some of Forrester’s top cloud analysts, including John Rymer and James Staten (Staten now works at Microsoft)...

Cloud Computing: Self-Service BI is a major problem

Grazed from BusinessCloud. Author: Ian Murphy.

One of the key benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud, containers and even application virtualisation is the ability to create a self-service approach for users and customers. According to a survey by Matillion that took 12 months, covered 150 countries, 18 business sectors and involved responses from 10,000 senior decision makers, the promise of self-service for Business Intelligence (BI) is more myth than substance.

The survey, which can be found here (registration required), focused on one single question: "What is your biggest challenge around management" and respondents were given seven options to choose from.

  • Freeing up IT resource from reporting/analytics
  • Replacing a BI system
  • Delivering mobile BI
  • Reducing the cost of producing reports
  • Unlocking data buried in systems
  • Reporting/analysing across multiple systems
  • Delivering self-service reporting/analysis...

HP launches new SaaS solution for government mobile apps

Grazed from FutureGov.  Author: Editorial Staff.

As the mobile channel becomes an increasingly important access point for government services, HP has launched a new Software-as-a-Service solution to improve the way government agencies monitor their mobile apps.

HP AppPulse Active monitors the performance of both native apps and browser-based apps, allowing IT departments to see service levels in real time - rather than when it is too late and a fault has already occurred...

Trends in Cloud Computing: The Rise of SaaS and PaaS

Grazed from Oracle.  Author: Debra Lilley.


Cloud has proven to be the adoption platform of choice for Oracle Applications customers. Companies can still implement them on-premises, but CIOs really need to think hard as to why they wouldn’t choose cloud, as the benefits are so compelling.    Here are some trends I’m seeing in relation to Oracle Cloud Applications:

Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud has been really popular, and that will continue. The simplified user interface of Oracle HCM Cloud means that users get to their information easily. Managers can take the formality out of managing talent—for instance, using a tablet to record appraisal comments whilst sitting next to an employee during a performance review rather than going back to their PC to enter them afterwards or even worse sitting behind a PC during the review...

Platform9 releases its Managed OpenStack SaaS solution

Grazed from CloudComputingInfo.  Author: Kenneth Van Surksam.

Platform9, which exited stealthmode in August last year last weekreleased it’s Software as a Service (SaaS) solution based on OpenStack. This platform aims to reduce operational complexity offering non-disruptive setup and upgrades, a single pane of glass (unified management) for KVM and VMware vSphere, a native support for teams collaboration and a solid OpenStack base.

All you need to do is sign up for a Platform9 account, and pair your servers with it. The Platform9 dashboard starts offering visibility into your infrastructure across compute, storage, network and existing workloads...

Cloudways can now run your web apps on top of Google's cloud

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Jordan Novet.

Cloudways, a startup that sets up and manages components for applications on top of cloud-computing infrastructure, has learned that developers want to try out the Google Compute Engine public cloud. So Cloudways is adding support for it, even though it’s still young in comparison with, say, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

“They have slashed their prices drastically — by 40 or 50 percent — and are trying to give a hard time to AWS,” cofounder Aaqib Gadit told VentureBeat in an interview. The price cuts have brought more attention to the Google cloud, Gadit said, but it’s got “many, many complex options.” So it makes sense for Cloudways to simplify application deployment on Google...

Cloud cost control: expense management and auditing for SaaS and beyond

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: David Linthicum.

Today’s Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings enable near-instant productivity and capacity. Businesses, however, have little visibility into or control over their cloud solutions’ true cost. Cloud computing allows lines of business to self-provision tools, often without IT’s knowledge...

The result is an increase in localized productivity. But provisioned systems are often redundant, contracts are poorly optimized, and businesses are unable to manage or audit the lifecycle and usage of these services. They also lack the data and clout to negotiate more favorable terms...

Microsoft's Azure Cloud Platform Explained - Part 1

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft launched its cloud platform, Azure, in 2010. Since the launch, the service has posted triple digit growth, and last year generated over $1 billion in revenue, according to reports. Considering the latest quarterly results, in which the company claimed that its cloud revenue grew a 128% year over year, we estimate that the annual revenue run rate for Azure can be close to $2.3 billion.

Azure, currently, is the only major cloud platform that is consistently ranked as a leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). While Microsoft continues to use the same platform that is used in Azure for some of its offerings such as X-box live, Bing, Office 365, SQL etc., it is extensively marketing its cloud offering to enterprises to roll out their apps on its platform...

Cloud Computing: What is Azure?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Patrick Renzi.

Cloud Computing is all the rage today, and rightfully so. Businesses are readily adopting this innovative way to compute over the Internet. But before you get ahead of yourself, there are hundreds of questions you should ask before journeying into the Cloud. For starters, what is driving this initiative? How are you preparing? How are you going to control it? And most important, what is it?

There is considerably more excitement about the Cloud than understanding. Tangible, like its namesake, the Cloud can actually be whatever you need it to be. It’s simply another way to access your system, and really no different than traditional hosting. Picture your desktop. There is a typically a tower, monitor, mouse, and keyboard...